Bathing your baby creates the perfect bond between you and him or her. It’s also the best way to make the transition between “busy time” and “sleepy time”. It’s a great opportunity to bond with your little one and those are memories you can never take back. Here are some tips and tricks for bathing your baby. These will not only make your life a lot easier, it will also help create a routine.
Baby Bathing Tips #1: You Don’t Need to Bathe Your Baby Every Day
You don’t need to bathe your baby every day. Sometimes, you may prefer to just wipe their face, neck, hands and bottom instead. An article by Mayo Clinic suggests that for bathing newborn babies, three times a week might be enough. Bathing your baby too much can dry out his or her skin. However, if you do enjoy it, why not do it daily?
Baby Bathing Tips #2: Choose Bathing Time When You’re Not Rushed
Bathing your baby in the morning or in the evening? Experts say, it doesn’t matter and it’s up to you. Choose a time when you’re not felling rushed or are likely to be interrupted. Some parents prefer baths in the morning, when their babies are most alert. Others make the baby bathing time part of a soothing bedtime ritual. If you decide to bathe your baby after a feeding, wait for your baby’s tummy to settle a bit first.
Baby Bathing Tips #3: Find The Ideal Water Level
You shouldn’t fill up the bath tub to the brim. Instead, the water level for the kid is 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches). When your baby sits in the bath tub, it will rise to his or her belly.
Baby Bathing Tips #4: Clean From Head To Toes
It’s best to begin bath time with a clean cloth. Wash your baby’s first face and remember to always wipe away from the eyes and mouth. From there, you go into the creases, behind the ears, around the neck, into the underarms. Next, clean his or her fingers and toes. Last, clean the nappy area.
Baby Bathing Tips #5: Bathe Together If Your Baby Is Frightened
If your baby doesn’t like bath time or gets frightened, try bathing together. Just make sure the water isn’t too hot. Getting in and out the bath can also be a bit tricky. It’s easier if someone holds your baby while you get in and out of the bath.
Other Baby Bathing Tips:
- Always wash your hands before
- Don’t add any bathing gel in the first month. Plain water is best for your baby’s skin
- Massage your baby after the bath. Massage can help them relax and sleep better.
- If your baby doesn’t like bath time or gets frightened, try bathing together. Remember
Remeber, part of keeping bath time fun is making sure your baby is safe. NEVER leave your baby alone in the bath.